Crazy quilt block 95 is weird mix of stuff! As readers know when I made this quilt one of my personal challenges was to use my stuff on it since it is a Y2K quilt not only was I drawing from stash but I wanted to find and use 2001 unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons.
So… some blocks like this one were a challenge. That said it was on blocks like this that I learnt the most. By this stage of the process I was using anything that would make up a block so that piece 4 is Elastic lace used in underwear construction in order to stabilise it I backed it with cotton. I guess no one can accuse me of being a fabric snob.
As usual you can click on the photo to see a larger version of the block.
Crazy Quilt Block 95 Fabric content:
Piece 1: Soft furnishing fabric polycotton
Piece 2: Quilters cotton
Piece 3: Soft furnishing fabric polycotton
Piece 4: Elastic lace used in underwear backed with cotton
Piece 5: Soft furnishing fabric polycotton
Piece 6: Quilters cotton
Piece 7: Soft furnishing fabric polycotton
Piece 8: Cotton covered with nylon lace
The on going item count below represents the unique pieces of fabric, lace, braids, charms, buttons or ribbons documented this series of articles. In other words I am using this series to check the count!
Lace, braid and ribbon: 3
Buttons and charms: 9
Total items on this block: 20
Total tally of items on the quilt so far: 1818
Crazy Quilt Block 95 free Pattern
How I hand embroidered the seams on Crazy Quilt Block 95
On this patch (Piece 7) I covered the plain cotton with some nylon lace. I then embroidered these small motifs. I created them using cotton perle #5 thread to work Oyster stitch. I added some straight stitches in a Metallic thread to and then finished them off by adding a small bead.
This seam is covered with Twisted Chain Stitch worked in Rayon Ribbon Floss and then I added the black bugle beads.
This extended seam started off with a line of Buttonhole stitch worked in cotton perle #5 thread, to which I added detached chain stitches that are worked in a hand dyed fine crochet cotton. I left the space for the bagel beads and added them last. On the other side of the buttonhole I added straight stitches and Oyster stitch worked in stranded cotton floss (2 stands).
Ric Rac was first attached to cover this seam, then I secured it firmly with Zig zag chain stitch. I then worked straight stitches using a hand dyed, fine crochet cotton before adding the black seed beads.
Two seams can be seen in the photo above. The most noticeable consists of two lines of Detached chain stitches laced with Chenille thread. Above the buttons is a smaller seam that is Herringbone stitch that is laced with a second thread. Also you can see a piece of recycled jewellery that I added as charm. It is hand painted and quite delightful.
These are some of the vintage buttons I used on the block.
If you are a new reader to this site the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt is set with blocks that are arranged by colour in diagonal lines. My challenge was to have all the crazy quilt blocks reading properly while also pulling everything on the quilt from my stash!
This article is part of a series that offers a free block patterns from my crazy quilt called I dropped the button box while also documenting each block which are listed on the CQ details FAQ page. You can read more about the quilt there.
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Your seam work is always so gorgeous! I love the button clusters – particularly with the gorgeous bit of jewelry you added. Lovely!
LOVELY THANK YOU
Your stitching is amazing as usual. I love the laced stitches especially, you are so creative! May I ask about your little people in the last image? They are adorable!
Now I am inspired to go stitch some little stick people 🙂